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RSPO Smallholder Peat Best Management Practices Handbooks and Flood Risk Assessment Template

The RSPO Secretariat is pleased to share the RSPO Smallholder (SH) Peat Best Management Practices (BMPs) Handbooks, which were developed by the Peatland Working Group (PLWG) and the SH-PLWG subgroup and endorsed by the Standard Standing Committee (SSC) on 25 November 2021.

These handbooks have been developed as guidance to support Criteria 4.4 and Criteria 4.5 of the RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard (RISS) 2019 for smallholders with existing cultivation on peat.

Listed below are the seven handbooks:

  1. Introduction

  2. Water Management - the flood risk assessment template is attached separately

  3. Fertiliser and Nutrient Management for Peat

  4. Integrated Pest and Disease Management

  5. Best Management Practices for Operation

  6. Fire Prevention

  7. Case Studies of Best Management Practices Implemented

These handbooks were developed as a general guidance for smallholders. Note that only the requirements under RISS will be assessed for compliance during audit.

The RSPO Secretariat would also like to thank Koperasi Sawit Jaya and Koperasi Beringin Jaya from Indonesia, and Pertubuhan Tani Niaga Lestari (PERTANIAGA) from Malaysia who participated in pilot testing these BMPs. Their constructive feedback has been a great help in developing the content of these handbooks.

For any questions or clarifications, kindly reach out to ghg@rspo.org. Please note that, we are currently working on the translations for this BMP in Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia.